Ice, ice baby!
Keep your cool during the hot summer months with some delectable icy treats. If you’ve got a sweet tooth girls, then this list of our favourite ice cream spots in the city is sure to satisfy your summer cravings! From Instagram worthy scoops and ice lollies, to guilt-free goodies and ice cream sandwiches, we’ve got your basic staples and the most outrageous frozen treats covered. There’s (literally!) something for everyone, so get ready to dig in!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally written by Sassy Girls, published on 22 June 2016, and updated on 15 June 2017.
Instagram Worthy Scoops:
Hardcore ice cream fans need to get their cameras out this summer… the multi-award winning American ice cream store, Emack & Bolio’s has been churning (pun intended!) out some of the most fantastic creations since they opened last year. We’re talking outrageously good sundaes and delicious scoops of creamy ice cream laden with childhood cereal fruit loops or Rice Krispies covered cones, with many toppings and sauces to boot.
Sassy tip: Make some room for one of its crispy rice cones. No matter what flavour you put in it, once you get down to the crunchy treat you will thank yourself for ordering it. De-lish! The ice cream cakes are also a great option for your next birthday or celebration!
The ice cream laboratory, Lab Made, is serving up your cold confection with a playful twist! The Lab Made scientist freezes your ice cream on order using -196°C liquid nitrogen in one minute, and ta-da! You get silky-smooth ice cream with little ice crystals. They want to make sure you’re savouring creative yet natural flavours, so there are no artificial colourings or stabilizers added to your icy cold confection!
Lab Made Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, 8 Brown street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 2670 0071, www.labmade.com.hk
Oddies has got to be one of the most Insta-worthy favourite ice cream places in Hong Kong, no questions asked! With its awesome, innovative flavours and mouth-watering sundae options, it’s the go-to place for us when we need a cool off in the summer. Conveniently located in Central, Oddies is great for a quick weekend catch up spot or a cheeky post-dinner treat. It’s known for its signature Night Wolf sundae (HK$49), an indulgent mix of soft gelato, caramelised banana ice cream, brownies, passion fruit panna cotta and best of all, a true HK style chocolate chip eggette – a must-try for anyone with a sweet tooth!
Sassy Tip: They will tell you the must order is the chocolate chip eggette but we’ve fallen for the rice pudding version. It sounds heavy but it is fluffy and not too sweet.
Oddies Foodies 45 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2750 2111
You can bet there’s something to smile about as you click your camera and say “cheese!”. Smile Yogurt does froyo right with their fantastical toppings and addends piled high onto the cup. Snap quick, as you wouldn’t want this creation to melt! Try their popular Mango Fever with fresh chunks of mango and mango sauce drizzled between layers of sweet vanilla frozen yogurt.
Being almost too beautiful to be edible, Eat With Me is taking the Hong Kong classic egg waffles to a whole new level by pairing it up with ice cream and a great selection of sweet and savoury toppings. It promises egg waffles that are fresh, made-to-order, and prepared using its homemade batter.
Eat With me, Shop D, G/F, Nga Chi Building, No. 12 Sze Pei Square, Tsuen Wan, New Territories, 3709 8456 www.facebook.com/eatwithmehk
If you’re looking for an indulgent treat while roaming through Central on a hot day, we can’t recommend GROM enough. Their gelato is among the best in Hong Kong, and it’s one of the few places we can find a true Stracciatella in the city. With 100% natural ingredients, you can taste the love and care that goes into making their sweet treats. Best enjoyed with a group of friends, so you can share and try all their delectable flavours on offer!
Sassy Tip: Don’t be fooled by the size and name of the Kids Cup – it’s definitely available for adults and it’s the perfect amount to get your dessert fix in!
GROM, Shop No 1023, Level One, IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View St, Central, Hong Kong, www.grom.it
The gelato at Holly Brown has been a favourite of ours since we first laid eyes on the caramel sauce (Sassy tip: ask for extra. Always). With flavours to suit everyone, and the option to customise your additions, we really couldn’t ask for a more satisfying sugar fix in Hong Kong’s sweltering heat! Offering everything from Oreos and brownies to almonds and fresh fruit, the large scoop is (almost) a dessert for two. Plus, their new crazy gelato shakes are a challenge we’re willing to take on…
An oldie but a goodie, XTC Gelato is definitely one of our go-to spots for a scoop. With their massive array of unique, seasonal flavours (such as Lavender, Lychee Coconut and Malted Soy Bean) there is always something for everyone. Additionally, for special occasions lots of other goodies are available such as their Tiramisu Cake dusted with Valrhona Chocolate and mini bombe Alaska domes, which can be customised with any combination of flavours. For those who are a little more health conscious, XTC is a great option as all their gelato is made with fresh, all natural ingredients, so you don’t have to feel too guilty about indulging in this treat. To top it all off, XTC has stores conveniently located in Central, TST, and Causeway Bay, AND their gelato is also available in various supermarkets across HK – so you can always get your fix!
This tiny ice cream store in Kennedy Town lured us in immediately with the fun turquoise exterior and the cute monkey mascots. Situated on Catchick Street this little dessert shop is a perfect hot day destination. We are partial to their Caramel Biscuit flavour, but they also do Monkey milkshakes and smoothies too for those of you who like to drink your dessert through a straw.
Ice Monkey, 78-86 Catchick Street (corner of Davis Street), Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2362 0822, www.facebook.com/Icemonkeyhongkong
Practically an institution in Hong Kong, there is nothing more classic than a Mr.Softee ice cream truck. Nothing brings back nostalgia like that red-white-blue truck does and the cherry on the sundae! And the music always seems to call out to us… They might have a few options to choose from but we’ve always gone for the traditional soft serve ice cream cone that never fails to hit the spot on a hot, humid day. There are very few of them left around Hong Kong but there will always be one outside the Central or TST ferry piers.
Gino’s has to be our solid staple when it comes to creamy gelato. With two stores in Stanley and The Peak, the gelateria marries fresh ingredients and seasonal fruits to create more than 30 unique flavours.The gelato (and the waffle cones!) are made daily using traditional Italian techniques, so be sure to pop by for a scoop to dispel the summer heat, pronto!
Gino’s Gelato Stanley, Shop G09, G/F, Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley, Hong Kong, 2899 0314
Gino’s Gelato The Peak, Shop G18, Peak Tower, The Peak, Hong Kong, 2849 8314, www.ginosgelato.com
Ice Cream Sandwiches:
We’ve always been fans of Little Bao and we can’t get enough of their famous Little Bao Ice Cream sandwich. With their signature flavours like the Green Tea Ice Cream Bao and the Salt Ice Cream Bao, you’ll definitely be back for more… trust us! The ice cream melts quickly as the baos are fried upon ordering, so eat fast! After one bite, we’re sure you’ll be gobbling this one up in no time.
Little Bao, 66 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong; 2194 0202, www.little-bao.com
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These epic ice cream sandwiches are more than enough to make you come back for more – plus, if you need extra incentive, they have new flavours every week! Be warned girls, breakfast will never be the same after you’ve laid eyes on their ‘Cereal Killer’, complete with Burberry yogurt ice cream, oatmeal crunch cookies (and featuring a generous amount of Fruit Loops!). Plus, they do killer coffee if you’re on the hunt for a bean-buzz, girls!
Sassy Tip: Keep an eye out on their Instagram as their flavours change up almost every week! And if you like the sound of what they have for the week, don’t procrastinate because you don’t know when it’ll be back!
For the lactose-intolerants out there who enjoy a cool treat in summer, Wild Mylk is where it’s at. It’s dairy and gluten-free. Focusing on seasonal flavours that are local, organic and fresh, these delicious delights proudly wave the “made in Hong Kong” flag. We tried the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and the Maca Karmel Sutra (Salted Caramel), which were both divine!
Wild Mylk is available online here
If you’re on the hunt for a lower sugar kick, HK fave Yo Mama is a frozen yoghurt lover’s delight. Choose from a base flavour, including Green Tea, Lemon Tart, Tiramisu and plenty others – and load it up with a generous amount of toppings. Toppings include fresh fruit and an exclusive line of sugar free, gluten free, raw and organic toppings in the “superfoods” selection. Talk about ticking all the boxes!
Just because you can’t eat dairy, doesn’t mean you can’t indulge! The awesome Happy Cow hit Hong Kong in 2012 and has been delivering delicious, locally produced, plant-based ice-cream ever since. Lactose intolerant or vegan Sassy Girls everywhere – rejoice! This is the perfect substitute. It’s just as creamy and moreish as the milky stuff, but much healthier than your regular tub of soft serve. The wholesome, natural ingredients produce flavours we all know and love such as Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel Swirl and Cherry Almond Fudge, but make sure you look out for creative mixtures such as the refreshing Lime in the Coconut, Chai Tea and Hibiscus Goji… fantastic for Summer.
Sassy Tip: We can’t recommend the Coconut Ice Cream enough during the summer (or all year round, if we’re being honest!) – it even has pieces of desiccated coconut to add some texture to the treat, and it is to die for!
If you’ve been feeling the bloat recently, why not indulge in protein ice cream from Ice’N’Lean? That’s right, you heard us correctly… protein ice cream! The Choco-Lite is full of high quality grass-fed whey protein(great for building a bit of muscle – we all want FLOTUS’ arms!) and natural, simple ingredients. It’s also gluten and soy free. And the best bit: zero refined sugar. We want this in our freezer all year round to satisfy our sweet tooth…
Sassy Tip: Packed full of protein, add a scoop of this ice cream to a smoothie for a guilt-free, ‘naughty’ weekend treat. We recommend banana, a splash of almond milk and their peanut butter flavour!
Available from Epic MMA, Ursus Fitness, The Skin Gym, The Store, Just Green, Torq Cycle, Spark Fight and Fitness, www.icenlean.com
Gourmet ice pops that come in a variety of flavours, colours and booze options? Sign us up! We love that these ice pops are completely natural with no artificial ingredients or preservatives and are completely organic! One of our faves is the refreshing Strawberry Mint flavour as well as their Pina Colada pop – an uncontested winner for a cool treat by the beach.
Serving up pretty handcrafted ice pops and Hokkaido milk ‘snowflakes’, this place has been a top choice for all and it’s definitely no surprise why! The refreshing ice pop flavours include juicy honeydew melon, tomato ‘gazpacho’, chilli mango and many more – perfect for grabbing on the go when you need to cool down! Not only do we love how cute these ice pop and ‘snowflakes’ look (another one for Instagram!), but we also love the bright and cheery interior, which has this epic quote written on the wall: “Happiness is eating your ice pop before it melts” – how true!
I See I See; Shop 01, Haven Court, 138 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2337 3361, www.facebook.com/iseeiseehk
These artisanal bite-sized frozen treats are created by three Hong Kong mums who make them fresh daily, using only the finest natural ingredients and absolutely no icky additives. Cute retro packaging, supporting a great local business start-up and Lola’s total flair for creating genius flavour combos (Fig with Coconut Vanilla… Blueberry Lemonade… White Chocolate Raspberry – yes please!) make this a total winner in our books. Catch them at pop-up shops and markets all over town or order in bulk on their website – plus they’re now available 24/7 at Saffron Bakery in Stanley and The Bottle Shop in Sai Kung too. The Watermelon Basil or Mango Lassi should be just the ticket. But we’re sure you also won’t be able to resist Chocolate with Brownie Bites – dreamily creamy and chocolate-rich with amazing chewy, fudgey, delicious nuggets of homemade brownie!
Lola’s Ice Pops are available at The Bottle Shop G/F, 114 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung; 9829 2883, as well as at city’super and various private clubs, www.facebook.com/LolasIcePops
If you have a penchant for matcha, you really do not need to go anywhere else but Via Tokyo. This popular little soft serve ice cream store has lines out the door every day as people keep returning for their different variations of matcha creations. The Original Matcha Cone ($32) is definitely a favourite. But one of our top picks happens to be the Royal Milk Tea soft serve which is a great balance of bitter and sweet with a creamy smooth texture… it even comes with a sugar cookie! This one is hard to beat. Just note that this option is only served on Wednesdays.
Via Tokyo, 1A-1B, G/F., Leishun Court, 106-126 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; 2895 1116, www.facebook.com/viatokyocafe
Japanese soft serve along with Italian inspiration? Yes, please! This hybrid is nothing short of amazing if you’re hankering for something different from your usual scoop. If you’re feeling like something light and refreshing, try their popular Frutta Crema for their fresh fruit parfaits. One of the regularly ordered items is definitely from the Giapponese Crema section for premium Japanese parfaits. Imagine a generous portion of traditional uji-matcha (straight from Kyoto!) soft serve served right in the centre of a Japanese melon. Talk about playful presentation… yum!
i Cremeria (Tsim Sha Tsui) Shop OTG03A, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui; 2386 6266
i Cremeria (Causeway Bay) Shop F-9, 1/F, 11-19 Great George Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay; 2897 1118, www.facebook.com/iCremeria
If you’re looking for ice-cream with a twist, then look no further: you’ve found it! This little gem is located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, and serves delicious gelato in a delicate choux pastry. Yup, that’s the same heavenly stuff that eclairs are made of! For an extra summer kick, we love the sound of their cream puff latte…
Sassy Tip: If you’re feeling adventurous, the staff at Owl’s Choux are more than happy to make switches to the fillings of the Choux sandwiches so you can customise it however you like! Although whatever you do, don’t get rid of the rose jam in the Red Velvet Choux, it’s definitely the best part!!
Owl Choux & Gelato, 32 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/
Originating from South Korea, the ice cream franchise Sweet Monster is serving up the signature Popcorn Ice Cream in the heart of Hong Kong, with the popcorn coming in different flavours (cheese, caramel, and more… take your pick!). You can also opt for just regular ice cream, but why not have the best of both worlds in your paper cup!
Sweet Monster Mongkok, Shop 10-19, 3/F, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 35144150,
Sweet Monster Tai Koo, Shop 101B, 1.F, Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Tai Koo, Hong Kong, 2576 3155, campaignsm.ithk.com/sweetmonster
Ice Cream Gallery is your go-to ice cream joint if you’re willing to be adventurous with your frozen treat. The owner, Arron Liu constantly churns and plays around with quirky flavours, carefully sourcing the freshest ingredients from all around the world and drawing inspirations from French haute cuisine. Expect Lobster, foie gras, black truffle, and more unique variations. Love it so much that you’re keen to learn how to make your own? Check out its ice cream making course to get as creative as you could be.
Ice Cream Gallery, Rm 611, 6/F, Shing Yip Industrial Building, 19 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, 2838 8086, www.icecreamgallery.com.hk
After its successful launch in South Korea and Taiwan, Honey Crème has hit the streets of Hong Kong. The ice cream trendsetter whips up its soft serve with fresh milk and cream, and adds organic ingredients, promising healthy and delectable creaminess! The signature Comb Honey Soft Serve Ice Cream is definitely a must-try for those who enjoy natural sweetness without any artificial sugar. It also has innovative flavours like popcorn and affogato.
Honey Crème Tseung Kwan O, Shop1132-33, 1/F, Metro City Plaza II, 8 Mau Yip Road, Tseung K wan O, Hong Kong, 2267 0228, www.honeycreme-icecream.com
This tiny dessert place is ideal for beating that scorching summer heat. You can choose from a great selection of icy, cute Japanese kakigori (shaved ice dessert) that comes in its signature black cones or wooden bowls. Tucked in the little streets of the Tai Hang neighbourhood, it’s set to impress every taste bud, from red bean and green tea, to blueberry cheesecake and pineapple!
Echigoya, G/F, 27 Shepherd St, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 2573 2992, www.facebook.com/Echigoya.HK